PhD in Medical Psychology and Psychopathology


Program Description

The Doctoral study program "Medical Psychology and Psychopathology" is engaged in basic and applied research in the field of biopsychosocial relations. The theoretical starting points are theoretical knowledge base systems, psychological fields (developmental psychology, personality psychology, and others), as well as other applied disciplines, especially clinical and medical psychology. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences present an interdisciplinary area of science focused on mental functions and behavior. This approach is not only psychological and sociological but includes also genetic, biochemical or physiological approaches and interdisciplinary connections among them with the purpose to effectively use the most advanced knowledge in the care of mentally and physically ill.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance procedure must be undergone by each applicant. The entrance examination is held in the form of an interview before a board, and it checks the student’s capacity for scientific work in the given field. The board evaluates:

  1. Quality of the thesis project and quality of rendering – the project must be structured as follows:
    introduction; literature search; objective(s) of the thesis; hypothesis/ hypotheses set in accordance with the type and subject matter of the project; methodology.
    The maximum score for the whole item – 20 points
  2. Previous publishing activity in the field of Psychology: to evaluate previous activities that are related to the project, preferably publishing activities – for a journal with IF 20 points, for SCOPUS 14 points, for ERIH 12 points, for a reviewed journal or active presentation in a Student Scientific Conference or another conference – 8 points. The applicant will receive the full number of points as the first author, or 50 % as a co-author.
    The maximum score for the whole item – 20 points
  3. Relation of the topic to the intended Supervising Tutor’s orientation and his/her research projects – the accord of the proposed topic with the Supervising Tutor’s research orientation must be clear. For the Supervising Tutor’s grant beyond the University – 5 points, for the accord with the Supervising Tutor’s research orientation – 5 points.
    The maximum score for the whole item – 10 points
  4. The way of presentation of the project by the applicant – for the quality of the presentation 0-5 points, for the response to board members’ questions 0-5 points.
    The maximum score for the whole item – 10 points

Each member of the examining board will score the applicant within the range of 0-10 points per item for items 3 and 4, within the range of 0-20 points per item for items 1 and 2, thus the maximum score for an applicant is 60 points. From the scores given by particular board members, the arithmetic means will be calculated. This will be rounded to a whole number – for the values between 0.50 and 0.99 upwards to the closest whole number. The standing of the applicants will be set according to the resulting number of points.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 04.06.2019 Until: 04.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 25.06.2019 Until: 25.06.2019

Career Prospect

Graduates will be able to work with professional foreign literature, prepare and implement a research project (including financial security), ie, acquire, evaluate and statistically process data obtained mainly with regard to the interdisciplinary focus and yet combine both quantitative and qualitative approach.

Specifically, such applied research in the interplay of influences within the biopsychosocial (and ecological - environmental) medicine paradigm in research on the relationship between the patient and the healthcare professional when examining the progress and outcome of the psychotherapeutic process in the evaluation of treatment and rehabilitation programs in the examination of psychosomatic and soma-psychical context in research, care for the chronically and terminally ill. In the field of medical psychology research projects are mainly based on the empirical data obtained through specific psychological and psycho-mental processes (eg, scaling, testing or clinical methods) and the work of the other laboratory procedures. In addition, graduates can handle some methods of the social sciences (eg. methods used in sociology and cultural anthropology), including scientific reasoning and critical discursive process.

In the field of behavioral sciences especially the research context of psychosocial and environmental factors, biological dispositions, including the use of modern instrumental methods of diagnosis. Great emphasis is placed on the ability to prepare and publish high-quality scientific work both at home and in prestigious international journals and prepare students for their scientific career in general.

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